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Over a year and a half after Morgan Reynolds changed the world forever, some things about Baltimore never change. A hotspot for activies of the supernatural and paranormal. A simmering rage lurking just under the surface. Then, of course, there are the murders. We join Dawn Rhodes, Jeremiah Boscoe, and Johannes Simms as one particular murder catche…
 
Trending is in a race against time. In an effort to slow the Captainalist down, they pull off an attack on multiple fronts yet again. While Switch confronts the man himself, and Nicolai plans to take Sam’s accidental confession to a national level, Sundog, Poltergeist, and Mooncat raid his office. It is now, finally after months of planning, they m…
 
An angel frees an heir, takes lifeblood from the divine, and watches the cracking of a shell. A mage gains a greater understanding of the core of a person’s being and saves a heart gripped by terror. A scientist builds a frightening shield for a dear friend and tries to build a better life for his son. By the end of this span, their days number les…
 
Trending splits up to try and stop both the Captainalist and the Transistor Tyrant before the latter’s plan can come to fruition. Sundog heads to the Vindicators headquarters to see if something is up, while Nicolai does the same for the DHEA headquarters. Meanwhile, Penny goes to space to set up some backdoor programs on the satellites, and Switch…
 
Excelsior, True Believers! The Fab Four Halflings take a dive into that first licensed Superhero RPG of the 1980s, the Marvel Super Heroes Roleplaying Game box set by TSR. Published in 1984, it took a few directions that Supers RPGs hadn’t yet tried such as ranks for both attributes and powers, Karma as both XPs and die roll mods, and of course get…
 
Steiner revokes a privilege. Grant delivers a wicked strike. Roxanne brings a mob to heel. The squad dances too, too close to death to depose royalty. Music Credits: Intro/Tension: O magico - Taku Iwasaki Investigation: searching for the solution - Yuki Kajiura The Monster’s Lair: Abyss - Taku Iwasaki Fight Theme 4: A Man Called Rando Part 2 - Taku…
 
Chloe had a really neat idea for how to deal with the sahuagin army, but ultimately we determined it was infeasible. I wanted to keep it in, but it was an almost-18-minute block that amounted to nothing, so it would have killed the pacing. Thus, I’ve put it here, for posterity. Music Credit: Tension: O magico - Taku Iwasaki…
 
Having thwarted the not-so-secretly-d’Auffay twins, #Trending has gone into turtling mode. To ensure their non-super friends and family are safe, they elect to boost security and hide out in Silver Skeleton’s house. However, they aren’t allowed to rest long, as the Kestoran “rebels” launch an attack against every bridge in the city at once. Can the…
 
Normalcy is usually overrated, but not this time. The 13th North Texas RPG Con is happening June 3-6, 2021 and the goal is a return to normal con-gaming. As ever, BadMike/Satan is here to regale us with details: the food trucks, an open bar and Starbucks, and most of all gaming! Listen as your Halflings find out the skinny on the con, its Virtual t…
 
Steiner builds a big, weird shield. Roxanne conducts a tragic experiment. Grant commits to committing zoophilia. The squad squares off with a royal retinue. Music Credits: Intro/Tension: O magico - Taku Iwasaki Fight Theme 6: Doombox - Team Reptile Postfight: Explain Music - Taku Iwasaki Planning: Sense of Crisis - Taku Iwasaki Prepwork: Funny Jewe…
 
The election is only days away, and yet another big shakeup is happening in the city. The Baron of Kestora, Archibald d’Auffay, also known as the Transistor Tyrant, as well as his twin children are deposed by a rebel faction, and seek asylum in America. Shortly after that, a research facility on the outskirts of town is attacked, and #Trending move…
 
Grant catches some major air. Steiner opens his mind. Roxanne makes a new small friend. The squad stymie the siege on the resort town before hunting for its source. Music Credits: Intro/Tension: O magico - Taku Iwasaki Planning: Sense of Crisis - Taku Iwasaki Straight Creepin’: ash wednesday - ALI PROJECT Fight Theme 5: Devil’s Beat - Kenichiro Sue…
 
School’s out…of its mind? It sure seems that way as your Four Halflings take a dive into one of the oddest RPGs from the early 1980s; that of Alma Mater. Classes, teachers, social cliques, and other hazards for your freshman PC await you in this episode of the podcast. Oh, and a few tables to roll on. Just a few. No Losers were harmed in the making…
 
Nicolai tests a few more personality modes, and helps Al with his duplicates problem. Penny gets her ship back, and makes sure things happen how she remembers. Felix has a heart to heart with Gabby, and gets distracted from the big game. Robin learns the consequences of their actions at last, and meets their potential future co-workers. As a whole,…
 
Grant almost does a really cool, smart move. Steiner gets jumped twice. Roxanne plays with a dead body. The squad teams up with the enemy side to stop a siege. Music Credits: Intro: Snakes and Ladders - Emancipator Cam, the 3rd Gen: Its Name is Sora - Chikayo Fukuda A Chosen Branch: Not In Blood, But In Bond - Hans Zimmer Emergency Situation: Ulmoi…
 
Deep in the heart of a blighted land, there are all-powerful wizards planning a war against the forces of Good and Light. With their goal of their total destruction in mind, they have created mighty orcs, super-intelligent hobgoblins, and sneaky and sadistic bugbears. This… is not their story. Music Credits: Intro: Eye of Sauron - Howard Shore Firs…
 
A concentrated effort to expel Blueblade begins. With a course of action to get rid of the old sea dog set, #Trending starts the process of trying to appease him enough to get him to leave. But Switch and Sundog have a plan of their own. Will it work? Music Credits: Intro: Epic-hero-music - Mikhael Bureau Party Time: Generic Dance Song 3 - Steven P…
 
Grant contends with a problematically precocious pupil and discovers a potentially fatal error. Roxanne bonds with the unlikeliest of people and sets her mind alight with possibilities. Steiner perpetrates a very odd robbery and tries his damnedest to offer reassurance. The squad takes two and a half steps closer to being ready for the edge. Music …
 
The Kraken is released! #Trending tries to stay on the down-low as the pirates regroup and unleash a horrible monster, causing all sorts of mayhem and destruction. While Zero and Poltergeist try to help defend the other heroes, Sundog and Switch try to infiltrate the ship to cut off First Mate Johnny. How things end, however, may end up surprising …
 
Steiner plays good cop, and also patient. Roxanne plays bad cop, and also good cop. Grant plays amateur surgeon, and even more amateur gymnast. The squad spends the better part of three hours figuring out how to acquire a child. Music Credits: Intro/Planning: Sense of Crisis - Taku Iwasaki Interviewing the Monster: charade - Taku Iwasaki Laying Dow…
 
Friend of the show (and author) Jon Peterson joins the Halflings in a wide-ranging discussion of fanzines, RPG theory, and…oh yeah, his new book from MIT Press called The Elusive Shift. When did Dungeons & Dragons stop being a fantasy wargame and become a roleplaying game? Who contributed to the shift? Did they know what they were doing? Was it a s…
 
It’s homecoming night, and the entirety of #Trending has shown up! But can a night just be normal for once for heroes of Halcyon city? Of course not. Which is why, fittingly, pirates invade the Under The Sea themed dance. But before that, there’s plenty of hijinks to be had. Music Credits: Terror Aboard The High Seas: Pirates! - ERDENSTERN Intro: E…
 
Roxanne barters her time away. Grant pulls aggro. Steiner has a few key phonecalls. The squad stutters towards their quarry. Music Credits: Intro/Tension: O magico - Taku Iwasaki Eidol, The Pale Rider: SomeQ - Taku Iwasaki Eidol, Master of the Wilds: M15 (Kara no Kyoukai OST 5) - Yuki Kajiura Elysium: Inverted City Megin Fi - Chikayo Fukuda The Spr…
 
It’s time to end it. Lebrun’s deception has been exposed, the stake has been obtained, and the coetrie makes their preperation to assault Sears Tower. They split up again, this time Johnathan going off on his own to grab the expenses of Pilzer while the other two go to make a go at the Archbishop-playing-Prince. Everything here is at stake. CONTENT…
 
The group gets a post-mortem message from Megalad. Felix goes to get a new suit, and spends some time with the girls. NC-11 has a chat with Robin about humanity, and learns about their new boss. Penny starts the process of getting her ship back, making a friend along the way, and gets a visit from the DHEA. Robin has to say goodbye, and goes street…
 
An attack on two fronts. While Cor and Johnathan go to the asylum to deal with the ghost problem, Salem heads to the meeting of the Primogen to prevent deaths. However, the asylum isn’t what it seems, and the two run into a problem other than ghosts. The meeting also seems dead-set on trying to prevent the power players from making their moves. The…
 
Grant bonds with someone he’d really rather not. Steiner runs into a cavalcade of dead ends. Roxanne enters into negotiations. The squad is called in to handle a hostage situation. Music Credits: Intro: Snakes and Ladders - Emancipator A Chosen Branch: Not In Blood, But In Bond - Hans Zimmer The Spring Court: Mai - Yuki Kajiura The Guildhall: Fores…
 
Rahm Emmanuel has pointed the group towards the culprit behind the orders to break Masquerade: Prince Reiner Pilzer himself. Johnathan calls his sire to help discuss what to do, and in the end it’s decided to take another master of Auspex to meet with the Prince to confirm it. The coetrie has to look their potential enemy in the eye and lie to his …
 
Panic in the city yet again! Al’s copies have spread across the city’s digital networks like wildfire, and #Trending is dealing with the aftermath of the DHEA’s apparent lack of foresight. Robots, city infastructure, and even security systems aren’t safe from the “young” AI’s. It’s going to take the team splitting up to deal with the problem in a t…
 
With a lead, the coetrie decides to split up to cover some ground. Johnathan goes to talk to Yvonne Long, the Brujah Primogen, in order to set up a meeting with Chicago’s mayor. Meanwhile, Salem goes to talk to a group of Anarchs to close some possible leads and get a bit of blood that they need. Finally, Cor breaks into a house and very deftly fin…
 
Steiner barters with royalty and gets kicked around by a twiggy angel. Grant is made to answer for his actions and in turn gains a critical answer. Roxanne mends a wounded ally and solves a mystery in record time. The squad takes two steps forward as the edge draws ever closer. Content Warning: A dude makes vomit-y sounds from 1:41:43 to 1:41:58 Mu…
 
Despite a scortched Earth policy, Johnathan saved one of the Thinbloods, a former meth cooker by the name of Luke. Luke leads them to a nightclub converted from a Church where the coetrie tries to find out who was ordering them to break masquerade. There they run into a Toreador by the name of Father Singleton, and they work to get closer to the bo…
 
A new hero emerges… FROM SPACE! Poltergeist crash lands on Earth, and after the DHEA confiscates her AI companion Al and pushes her on #Trending, some missteps ensue as Switch, Sundog, and Zero have to ensure she stays under their watch. Then, almost as soon as they start becoming friends, a new, somewhat derivitive, disaster hits Halcyon. Music Cr…
 
When night falls, they wake up. They call themselves all sorts of fancy names: Kindred, the Apex Predator of the World, but they’re most commonly known as vampires. We follow three such creatures, dead for a decade or more, in the city of Chicago where the Camarilla rule with an iron fist. They meet each other formally, have a talk with their leade…
 
Roxanne does her best move, but even better. Grant does a Monkey Island. Steiner fucking dies. The squad squares up with an unkillable opponent. Music Credits: Intro/Tension: O magico - Taku Iwasaki Fight Theme 5: Devil’s Beat - Kenichiro Suehiro Fight Theme 6: Doombox - Team Reptile Fight Theme 7: No kidding? - Camellia The Killing Blow: konfronta…
 
We’re playing vampire! Be careful, this one’s a fuckin’ doozy. Lots of very bad things going on, the content warning will explain it all. This time, Ape, Chloe, and Cat all explain their various vampire characters, we explain some basics of the setting, and we get some good stuff going for a game about what it means when you suddenly and violently …
 
The title is a joke because I kept saying Pronouns instead of Proper Nouns. Anyway, I explain the pronouns proper nouns of Vampire: The Masquerade, with Cat as my “I don’t know this setting very well” guide. Music Credits: Track 1: Tikal Jungle (Unused) - Rik Schaffer Track 2: Dark Asia - Rik Schaffer Track 3: Disturbed and Twisted - Rik Schaffer…
 
The barrier is broken. Megalad Prime arrives. #Trending starts the battle for the very fate of their universe. But at what cost? Music Credits: Intro: Epic-hero music - Mikhael Bureau Rising Danger: Crypto - Kevin MacLeod MegaLad Prime, Phase 1: J-E-N-O-V-A, Quickening Phase 1 - Nobuo Uematsu MegaLad Prime, Phase 2: J-E-N-O-V-A, Quickening Phase 2 …
 
Roxanne performs an act of barberism. Steiner hacks himself to pieces and then shoot himself. Grant recalls an old story. The squad does great in the warmup round; let’s hope they keep it up. Music Credits: Intro/Tension: O magico - Taku Iwasaki Fight Theme 4: A Man Called Rando Part 2 - Taku Iwasaki Postfight: Explain Music - Taku Iwasaki Planning…
 
No, it’s not a Spielberg movie. It’s the board game sensation of the 1970s adventure gaming industry, Cosmic Encounter by Eon Productions. A simple yet innovative system lets each of the alien races a player chooses change powers and goals to ensure no two games are the same. Your Fab Four totally normal humans from Earth review the game, how it’s …
 
They’re back! And now #Trending is going to do something that most young people don’t do: Get involved in politics at a local level. However, while they strongarm left-wing Don Cherry, they stumble upon yet another conspiracy, and if that wasn’t enough, “Mr. Albright” is ready to move, putting them on a very tight time crunch. Can they find out the…
 
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